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MOROCCO SPORTS MINISTRY PARTNERS AIRLINE TO BOOST FANS’ AFCON 2019 ATTENDANCE

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While Nigerian fans are still at sea on how to get to Egypt to support the Super Eagles, the Moroccan Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) have reportedly on Friday signed a partnership agreement to get many Moroccans to attend the continental premier sports tournament in Egypt.

According to Morocco World News, the partnership agreement was signed in Rabat on Friday.

 The report has it that the three organizations plan to launch a flight program between Casablanca and Cairo for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Royal Air Maroc will schedule more than 82 flights during the first round of the tournament (June 23 – July 1) to allow more than 7,500 fans to follow the national team to Egypt.

The airline offers round-trip tickets at a fixed price of MAD 3,000 ($309.052 or N110, 716) to attend one match, and MAD 4,000 (412.070 or N147,622) for fans attending multiple matches.

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The airline is reported to have a track record of supporting Moroccan Football. In May and June 2018 the airline provided 13 aircraft to transport nearly 2,500 Moroccan fans to the World Cup in Russia.

It also chartered 18 exceptional flights in November 2017, connecting Casablanca to Abidjan to allow 3000 supporters to attend the decisive match between the Atlas Lions and Côte d’Ivoire as part of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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